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Old 03-07-2013, 01:48 AM   #11
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Looking better lol!
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Old 03-07-2013, 02:01 AM   #12
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That last one looks great! If you wanted to get into live plants, a carpet would look awesome.
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Old 03-07-2013, 02:11 AM   #13
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Easy (and cheap) live plants like Java Fern/Moss, Crypts, Anubias, and Anarcharis.

I don't keep Discus, but shouldn't they be kept in groups? Or is it okay to just have one?
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Old 03-07-2013, 11:44 AM   #14
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I give up!! I'm going to take some great advice and go to bed. Hopefully something will come to me in my dreams.. On a good note my 65 is finally starting to clear up nicely. At least I think it is.
Yes I turned my bubblers back on. Lol! Power head is still off though.
Now that's looking good ... I see the rocks are more layered. Consider moving the tall plant in the front left towards the back, maybe have smaller sized plants in the corners.
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Old 03-07-2013, 11:45 AM   #15
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Last pic is way better IMO.
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Old 03-07-2013, 12:28 PM   #16
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I've had really good success with java moss (was hard for me to find), java fern and anubias. I've split my anubias twice already and need to split them again. The Java moss won't stop growing and my java fern I need to figure something out for cause its doing 'meh'. I recently got some anacharis and it is EXPLODING in my tank. I don't dose CO2, I rarely put in ferts, and I have about 80 watts with T-8s (bulbs over a year old) on a 65 gallon tank. I think I've spent about $40 on plants total in the last year. Super easy to grow.

As for the aquascaping... I can't help you, I'm terrible at it :P Your later pictures are looking better though. I like the mixed substrate, it makes it more interesting.
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Old 03-07-2013, 12:41 PM   #17
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looking good! I would suggest you go ahead and move you heater down so its right behind eye lvl of your rocks and completely horizontal. It won't reduce functionality at all and should hide it enough so that doesn't draw the eye
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looking good! I would suggest you go ahead and move you heater down so its right behind eye lvl of your rocks and completely horizontal. It won't reduce functionality at all and should hide it enough so that doesn't draw the eye
I agree, I try my best to hide every piece of equipment.
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Old 03-07-2013, 04:55 PM   #19
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The last pic was of my other tank lol! The big green plant in the front corner is my female nubilia's hiding spot. Can't move it right now as the boys are harassing her and its her only comfort. I will be getting more females soon and will probably shift it at that point.
As for the discus being solo, you're quite right in saying they do better in groups. However this guy (hence the name Trooper) was the only survivor from two batches of discus to pull through culiminarus and ich. So I decided not to risk any kind of additional stress on him and have given him the castle he so rightly deserves. He plays with everyone in the tank and rules his roost. Lol!
I'm definitely going to hide the heaters, I thought you couldn't have them close to anything because of the heat?
I have (on both tanks) the 15+ year old standard hoods/lights so if I wanted real plants would I have to upgrade those? Have to say the "dosing" part of plants has been a big deterrent for me. You say you don't do any of that? I'd like to know more about your set up
This is what I woke to this morning .. The "silent scaper" didn't visit last night. So it looks like I'm going to be up to my arm pits in water again lol!
Sorry it's such a poor picture. Using my phone and the sun is up now so plenty of reflections.
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Old 03-07-2013, 05:06 PM   #20
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Anyone else get into their tanks thinking "I know exactly what I'm going to do!" Then after a couple hours and a few soaking wet towels later you sit back, look at it and think .. Why didn't I just leave it alone!!? I've made one heck of a mess in my 80gal and now I have NO idea how I'm going to fix it. My poor fish are going insane! My 9year old son even said "MOM WHAT DID YOU DO!!?" I haven't a clue how I had all the stuff in there that I did, can't seem to figure out how to get it all back in right either. So I'm sitting here looking at the mess I made wondering how I'm going to fix it. Lol!
I'm about ready to shut the lights off and pretend its not there lol!
I been there, i'm sure a lot us have, if were honest!!!. Is it the scaping your talking about or the equipment or both??
PS.... I decided to install LED strips at 9pm on Christmas Eve.. Big mistake!!!!
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